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Bethesda Announces The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition

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Bethesda Announces The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition

Is exploring the embattled landscapes of Skyrim not going to be enough for you?  Will you need your very own Anduin god statue sitting next to you while battling him on-screen?  Fortunately for us, Bethesda Softworks has announced today the release of a collector’s edition for the highly anticipated The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. 

The limited collector’s edition will be available for pre-order for Xbox360, Playstation, and Microsoft Windows for $149.99 (US), €149.99 (Europe), £129.99 (UK), and A$199.99 (Australia).

What can you expect in this highly limited collector’s edition (besides your own Anduin statue)?  Read the official press release below.

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Take a Tour of Bethesda Studios, Wish You Worked There

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Take a Tour of Bethesda Studios, Wish You Worked There

Why is it that programming and video game companies constantly seem to be the kind of places you’ve always dreamed of working at?  While I certainly don’t regret my personal career choice, hanging out at Bethesda Studios all day doesn’t sound like a bad secondary choice either.  Come look at how some of the luckiest men and women in the world do their work every day, guided by the ever upbeat Game Director, Todd Howard.

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Bethesda Discusses More Details for Skyrim

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Bethesda Discusses More Details for Skyrim

Todd Howard, Game Director for Bethesda Game Studios, sat down with the German gaming website Gameswelt to discuss some more details of the upcoming Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.  In the 14-minute clip, we hear a little bit more about the details of playing in Skryim and what we can expect to be different and simliar from the previous Elder Scrolls.

Howard discusses that the goal going into developing Skyrim was to explore the Norse culture of Tamriel.  Where Morrowind brought a “stranger in a strange land” feel to Elder Scrolls, Skyrim will follow Oblivion’s mythology and fantasy feel with more development on specific Norse mythology.

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Bethesda Teams Up With Dark Horse to Release RAGE Comics [Wait, what?]

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Bethesda Teams Up With Dark Horse to Release RAGE Comics [Wait, what?]

On June 22nd, Bethesda and Dark Horse Comics will release a three-issue comic series based on the upcoming game, RAGE. No doubt, this is just another way to get the name of the game buzzing in the geek-o-sphere. RAGE comes out in stores on September 13th in North America and the 16th in Europe.

This comic series, developed with the direct participation of RAGE‘s creative director, Tim Willits, presents a new twist on the post-apocalyptic near future as one woman discovers that the survival of humankind doesn’t necessarily mean the survival of humanity.  The Earth has been devastated by a collision with an asteroid, with a tiny fraction of the population surviving in life-sustaining Arks buried deep below its surface. Those who survive emerge to find a wasteland controlled by a global military dictatorship called the Authority. But a rescued scientist learns that the Authority has lied to her and the other survivors about how this new world came to be.

Here’s to hoping one of the speech bubbles will say “FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU.” Or, at the very least, have a panel with an easter egg saying “F7U12.”

Full press release below.

Update: Cover art has also been released.

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Voice Talent of Lucy Lawless to Appear In Upcoming Bethesda Game

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Voice Talent of Lucy Lawless to Appear In Upcoming Bethesda Game

Bethesda Softworks announced yesterday that Lucy Lawless (of Xena: Warrior Princess fame) will lend her voice to its upcoming game Hunted: The Demon’s Forge.

Hunted is a fantasy action game that will be released June 1 in North America and June 3 in Europe for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Games for Windows. Lawless adds her voice for Seraphine, a spirit guide under the influence of the Demon’s Forge, set on luring the game’s main characters into danger and adventure.

And despite her character’s evil intentions, Lawless is reportedly thrilled to be playing the role. “After playing the heroine for so long it’s refreshing to portray such a villainous, seductive temptress!” she said.

Go to http://www.huntedthegame.com/ to find out more about Hunted.

Top 5 Games of the Fall

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Top 5 Games of the Fall

August is here and that means one last month of summer.  So while we frantically try and cram everything we didn’t get around to doing this summer because we were too busy trying to beat Demon Souls, seriously that game hates you, we can look forward to the weather getting colder and the games getting bigger.  With fall just around the bend I thought this would be a good time to look at the Top 5 Games of the Fall.  So here we go!

5) Fable 3

It's good to be King

Peter Molyneux might run his mouth a little too much for some gamers.  In fact a lot of gamers can’t stand the thought of him because of the promises he fails to deliver on.  I like to think that his enthusiasm gets the better of him, and though he doesn’t always deliver on every promise he makes he still makes some really great games.  Regardless, I played the first Fable over and over again, trying to find every silver key and open every demon door.  In the second Fable I own every building I can possibly own.  You should buy the castle, it’s awesome.  However, Fable 2 was a little short for my liking, as I seemed to blaze through it in the time it would take me to get through a shooter.  So naturally Fable 3 is a game that I am very excited about.  Fable has an air of accessibility to it that many Role Playing games just don’t possess.  I just hope the third one can continue the excellence of the series.  And be a little longer.

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Top 5 Things I saw at E3 2010

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Top 5 Things I saw at E3 2010

The dust has settled and I have finally fallen into a semi-regular routine again.  E3 was sensory overload defined, and I am glad to be once again moving at a less than breakneck speed.  Still the experience was amazing and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  Hopefully you have been keeping up with our E3 coverage, and have been keeping up on all the post.  Here are my personal Top 5 Things I saw at E3 200.

5) The Move


I am a skeptic when it comes to motion gaming.  Rarely do I feel it works well enough for me to get my lazy rear end off the couch and wave my arms around for an hour or so.  The main reason I usually don’t enjoy motion gaming is that usually I end up waving my arms any which way I feel, knowing that it does not really make much of a difference.  However I got a chance to demo a couple of the upcoming Sony Move games and found them to be very responsive.  Not so much with the Kinect.  The Kinect might work out the wrinkles before the holidays, but as of now I am leaning towards the Move as my motion gaming choice.

Read the rest of the list past the break.

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[E3 2010] Day Two – Some Impressions

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[E3 2010] Day Two – Some Impressions

Ok, Round Two, FIGHT!

A decent amount of day two was simply wandering around and getting a better look at stuff from day 1. However, I got a good look at a few new things:

  • Bethesda: As noted in my Rage review, this game looks uncannily similar to Fallout 3, especially with Fallout: New Vegas right next to it. Between Rage, New Vegas, and Brink, the place was looking a bit typecast!
  • Squaresoft: Only got a quick look at the new Tomb Raider which was enough to realize it isn’t Tomb Raider. It’s a top-down Diablo clone! Not exactly the most innovative or intuitive step for the series, and Nelson was bored almost immediately. Cinematics for Front Mission look cool, though the VA seemed cheesy as always.
  • Southpeak Games: Two games on display: Two Worlds and Nail. Nail looks like a classic arcade-style racing game, no frills- simple controls, emphasis on maximum speed, and tricks only as ways to get even more speed. Two Worlds looked interesting; the presenters promised more backstory to the new RPG, co-op, and an interesting “village” mode where the player character works to support a village affiliated with them who in turn supplies them with specialized gear.
  • Nintendo: Enormous lines for all exhibits, stretching all the way around the booths- to test out the new Zelda title alone, Skyward Sword, would apparently have required a twenty minute wait. Other M looks promising, as it seems a reasonably faithful representation of classic 2D action rendered into 3D. Will try to find more detail today.
  • Konami Press Conference: My first press conference! Liveblogged elsewhere on the site. On the whole, the biggest highlight was a new Silent Hill title (apparently too cool for any additional name) that seems to star a prisoner escaping from his transport into an even more ruined Silent Hill. Biggest disappointment was probably the latest Metal Gear Solid title, a game which appears to have been wholly founded upon the concept of “Raiden has a really, really sharp sword!” Biggest “meh” was the news of another Saw title, because we totally needed another of those.

I’d like to go into more detail, so I’ll see if anything interesting crops up today. Check out more of Nelson’s pictures here.

[E3 2010] Rage – First Impressions

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[E3 2010] Rage – First Impressions

Stop me if you’ve heard this before:

To survive an apocalyptic cataclysm, major governments plant a series of disaster shelters deep underground, while civilization is obliterated. A lone hero emerges from a compromised shelter, finding a barren wasteland and an emergent society plagued by violent anarchists, deformed mutants, and a sinister authoritarian organization.

So, yeah, that’s Rage: Because Id Software Really Liked Their Copy of Fallout 3 (actually just Rage) in a nutshell. It’s a very pretty, very derivative take on the old post-apocalyptic story, where the mutants are feral, the government is evil, and mastery of a firearm comes with the cradle. Read On

Fallout: New Vegas Collector's Edition Announced

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Fallout: New Vegas Collector's Edition Announced

Bethesda Softworks announced today the Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, which is now available for pre-order. In addition to a special “Making Of” DVD, this special edition comes with a graphic novel detailing the events leading up to the game, a fully customized deck of cards, and special “Lucky 7″ Poker Chips.

“We’re offering this very cool collector’s edition to give fans the opportunity to own some of the items that they’ll discover while playing Fallout: New Vegas,” said Pete Hines, vice president of PR and marketing. “We are also expanding their experience with the game by including a top-notch graphic novel worthy of the Fallout name and a DVD that gives them a behind-the-scenes look at how the game was created.”

Looks like Fallout fans have something very awesome to look forward to. For the full press release, go past the break.

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